Free Ways To Save Money On Your Electricity Bill
Kitchen energy saving tips
- If you have a dishwasher with an eco-setting, use it rather than washing up by hand.
- Defrost your freezer regularly to keep it working efficiently.
- Tidy the fridge so you don't need to open the door for long periods in order to find something.
- Boil water for cooking in a kettle rather than on the hob.
- Heat leftover food up in a microwave - again, it's more efficient than using the oven or hob.
- If you're using the oven, fill it. Bake some quick cookies on that spare shelf, or roast vegetables for soup.
- Clean the back of your fridge freezer if it's an old style with coils. Dust build up stops it working properly.
- Move your fridge freezer to a cooler space if you can. A garage or utility room is ideal.
- Make sure there's plenty of room for air to circulate around the back of your fridge freezer.
Utility room energy saving tips
- Set your washing machine to 30°C for normal washes, 40°C for bedsheets and use 50°C only for towels.
- Only put on the washing machine when you have a full load.
- Ditch the tumbledryer - hang clothes outside or on an airer to dry. The old fashioned Victorian ceiling airers are ideal for this.
Living room energy saving tips
- Keeping appliances on standby can suck up 60% of the working energy. Day and night, that's a lot on your bill. Switch off your stereo, television and computers at the plug when you're not using them.
- Read a book, do some crafts or practise an instrument rather than switching on the TV or games console automatically every night.
- Plug up your chimney with old cardboard or newspaper to keep the drafts out.
- Draw the curtains as soon as it gets dark outside to keep the heat in.
- Make sure your radiators aren't obstructed by long curtains or furniture.
Bedroom energy saving tips
- Wear pyjamas and socks in bed during the winter, to avoid having to leave the heating on.
- Set the thermostat timer to switch the heating off ten minutes after you go to bed and on twenty minutes before you get up in the morning.
- Use a hot water bottle if you have one.
- Charge your phone in the evening, rather than leaving it on charge all night.
- Keep extra blankets to hand so you can easily warm yourself up if you're cold in the night.
Or why not try a shower alarm? Not free, but very useful...
Bathroom energy saving tips
- Use your mobile phone or an alarm clock to time your showers. 3-5 minutes is all that's necessary to be clean, and no dallying means extra time to do more interesting things!
- Shower instead of bathing.
- Ditch the rechargeable toothbrush for an old style manual one.
- Turn your water heater down. 60°C is the perfect temperature for washing.